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🔗Planner 3 Historic Preservation – Archaeologist

  • Full Time
  • Detroit, MI
  • $74,896.00 - $93,021.00 USD / Year
  • Department: Housing & Revitalization
  • Job Reference #: 202404HRD19305503MH
  • Job Qualifications:

    Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course of work in archaeology, or other related field of study.

    Minimum three (3) years of professional experience in archaeology.

  • How to Apply:

    Submit applications through the Government Jobs portal:

  • Job benefits: Paid time off, retirement, health and dental
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: office setting
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave, Ste 316 Detroit, Michigan, 48226

Website City of Detroit, Michigan

The Archaeologist will provide National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility recommendations for archaeology under a Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and create policies and procedures for archaeology specific compliance with Federal, State and Local laws and regulations for the funding of programs, projects and initiatives of the Housing and Revitalization Department (HRD).  The Archaeologist will assist with the evaluation of Section 106 applications, and maintain review and correspondence records related to projects including electronic records, memos, letters, and Smartsheet project tracking. This position will provide technical assistance within the department to ensure the specialized nature of urban archaeology is considered in all projects, and coordinate with SHPO regarding ground disturbing activities in archaeologically sensitive areas.

Examples of Duties

  • Perform site surveys of buildings, structures, landmarks, and districts to assess potential preservation status; determines eligibility for National Register of Historic Places.
  • Analyze and review buildings, development projects, construction plans, materials, and designs for regulatory and contractual compliance adhering to Section 106 reviews as described and required by the U.S. Secretary of Interior and the State of Michigan Historic Preservation regulations.
  • Report complaints and conduct site inspections to determine violations and enforce related ordinances, codes, and policies.
  • Monitor changes to local, State, and Federal regulations with respect to Federal Section 106 to assess potential impacts on historic designations and projects; proposes regulation revisions as requested or required.
  • Perform feasibility, impact, and cost studies dealing with a variety of complex urban design and/or historic preservation issues, policies, and projects.
  • Undertake research in primary and secondary sources in various repositories on the history of historically significant cultural resources, communities, events, and areas in the City.
  • Attend meetings and conferences; serve as liaison with other City departments, relevant County, State and Federal agencies, public outreach groups, contractors, attorneys, architects, engineers, and citizens.
  • Advise neighborhood groups and City citizens on historic restoration, preservation, and renovation best practices; consult with groups seeking historic designation of individual properties or whole neighborhoods; respond to inquiries from citizens, mediates disputes, and provide technical assistance and expertise regarding codes, tax credits, and other related matters.
  • Responsible for the review and presentation of applications and materials related to the City’s Historic Preservation Program; notify property owners of impending reviews of nominations; administer review of nominations; and maintain the Detroit Register of Historic Places.
  • Present reports for Historic Review and Planning Commissions as requested or required.
  • Prepare and administer grant applications, proposals, and RFPs for historic preservation or district designation.
  • Investigate best practices in historic preservation trends; participate in education programs on historic preservation and the history of Detroit; create brochures and informational materials regarding historic districts.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.
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